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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/22/1897 - HFSID 41904

PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT As Assistant Navy Secretary, he acknowledges receipt of a "valuable" intelligence report and signs his name Typed Letter signed: "T. Roosevelt", 1p, 8x10¼. Washington, D.C., 1897 September 22. On Navy Department letterhead to The Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Raleigh

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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT
As Assistant Navy Secretary, he acknowledges receipt of a "valuable" intelligence report and signs his name
Typed Letter signed: "T. Roosevelt", 1p, 8x10¼. Washington, D.C., 1897 September 22. On Navy Department letterhead to The Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Raleigh. In full: "1. The Department acknowledge the receipt of a valuable intelligence report, prepared by Lieutenant Benjamin Tappan, U.S. Navy, Intelligence Officer, on the port of Bizerte, Tunis (Forms A, C and D); together with charts, descriptive pamphlets and photographs. Also reports by the same officer as follows: Algiers (French Colonial) Form C. Tangier, Morocco (Form C). Messina, Italy (Form C). 2. The reports and enclosures have been placed on file in the Office of Naval Intelligence. Very respectfully". Docketing on verso forwards the letter to the Commander in Chief, European Station, US Navy. Well remembered is the heroism of Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) in the Spanish-American War, where he earned the Medal of Honor for leading his volunteer "Rough Riders" in a charge up San Juan Hill (1898), helped him win the governorship of New York the next year and to become President McKinley's running mate when the latter won a second term in 1900.) Less well known are Roosevelt's active efforts as Assistant Secretary of the Navy to prepare the US Navy for the war with Spain. Roosevelt had arrived at the Navy Department (April 1897) an active exponent of the theories of Alfred Thayer Mahan on the influence of sea power on history. His superior, Secretary John D. Long, a former Governor of Massachusetts, was an able administrator who did not share Roosevelt's enthusiasm for building a bigger, stronger navy. Long delegated much responsibility to Roosevelt, and took long vacations during which Roosevelt served as Acting Secretary. Considering war with Spain inevitable long before President McKinley accepted that view, Roosevelt rushed naval preparations and helped promote his friends, such as Admiral George Dewey, to forward positions with the fleet. Roosevelt's efforts were vindicated when Dewey, as commander of the Asiatic Squadron, crushed the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay (May 1, 1898). The U.S.S. Raleigh was present and distinguished itself in that engagement. Lightly foxed and soiled. Minor paper separation at edges of horizontal folds. Lower fold crosses signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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